Horned Frog Soccer Downed in Season Opener by No. 6 Texas A&M, 6-0
Aug. 29, 2003
COLLEGE STATION, Texas
The TCU women's soccer team dropped their first match of the season to No. 6 Texas A&M, 6-0. The Horned Frogs fell behind early and couldn't get back as they trailed at the half 4-0.
The Aggies dominated the game from the word go and took advantage of a direct kick in the 10th minute. Jenny Swanson (Jr., Tacoma, Wash.) picked up a yellow card and Linda Pierson took advantage of the direct kick as she shot it over TCU goalkeeper Katie Buchanan (Fr., Plano, Texas). Five minutes later, the Aggies extended the lead to two as she beat Buchanan low and to the right.
TCU's put together an offensive rush only to see it stuffed as Aggie goalkeeper Kati Jo Spisak knocked an Amy Van Zandt (Jr., Fort Worth, Texas) shot over the back of the goal.
The Aggies picked up two more goals in the middle of the half on two headers by Kristen Strutz in a span of three minutes to give the Aggies the big lead going into the half. Texas A&M outshot the Frogs 12-1 in the first half.
The Frogs got some offensive pressure early in the second half as Swanson took advantage of the wind and drilled a shot that was knocked out of the air by an Aggie defender just before it crossed the line. TCU kept up the pressure as Swanson was able to get off another shot that went just wide.
Jennifer Sims (Fr., The Colony, Texas) made her presence felt as she made an early save off of a header by Aggie forward Linda Pierson to keep the deficit at four. But the Aggies finally capitalized in the 60th minute as Laura Probst beat Sims to the right corner, pushing the Aggie lead to 5-0. A late goal in the 80th minute gave the Aggies their final tally of the night.
TCU's best offensive opportunity in the second half came 18 minutes into the half as Ashley Fortune (Fr., Bothell, Wash.) took the ball down field and passed to Van Zandt who was offsides ending the TCU threat.
Buchanan made two saves in her half of work, while Sims picked up one save in the loss.
TCU, now 0-1-0 on the season, heads to Shreveport, La. to face Centenary on September 3. Game time in Shreveport is set for 7 p.m.